Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB: Unsigned
Will Allen, CB: Signed with Patriots
Vernon Carey, OL: Unsigned
Marc Colombo, OT: Unsigned
Chad Henne, QB: Reportedly signs with the Jaguars.
Kendall Langford, DL: Reportedly signs with Rams.
JP Losman, QB: Unsigned
Marvin Mitchell, LB: Unsigned
Steve Slaton, RB: Reportedly re-signs with Dolphins
Paul Soliai, NT: Re-signs with Dolphins
*Jason Taylor, LB: Unsigned
*Though Taylor announced his retirement, he is technically considered an unrestricted free agent.
No matter how much it will fly under a lot of fans’ radar, there’s no question that most teams around the NFL will be looking to upgrade their offensive lines this offseason. There are no official league-kept stats to judge the performance of offensive linemen and a lot of fans overlook the play in the trenches, but there’s no doubt this is a critical part of the formula for any team’s success.
The Miami Dolphins (5-9) had a very turbulent week adjusting to losing their head coach last Monday, but found a way to respond after being down early and defeated the Buffalo Bills (5-9) 30-23. Miami overcame a first quarter CJ Spiller 24-yard touchdown run (it was the first time in nine games the Miami defense has allowed a first quarter touchdown), and responded by scoring the next 23 points of the game for the victory.
The Miami Dolphins (4-9) travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday to face the Buffalo Bills (5-8) in this AFC East matchup. The Dolphins won the first meeting between these two teams 35-8 on November 20th at Sun Life Stadium, and also won the last time they traveled to Buffalo 15-10 in September of last year. Miami holds the series lead 54-36-1 and this game marks the first head coaching assignment for Miami’s interim coach Todd Bowles.
Week 10 brings the Washington Redskins (3-5) traveling south to face the Miami Dolphins (1-7) at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins found a way to put it all together last week to gain it’s first victory at Kansas City and have a little bit of momentum moving into this weekend. The Redskins don’t strike fear into anyone, but I believe this is a game that the Dolphins need to worry more about themselves than the Redskins.
The Miami Dolphins (0-7) have been getting closer to putting a 60-minute effort together and capture win number one on the 2011 season. It doesn’t get any easier this Sunday as the Dolphins travel to Kansas City (4-3) to play the Chiefs at 1:00pm. Arrowhead Stadium is not an easy place to play for opposing teams, and the Chiefs are riding a four game winning streak!
The subject of Twitter possibly being a distraction for players leads to an interesting conversation. The guys also respond to a question about Marc Colombo’s effectiveness.
Earlier in the day, Coach Sparano told the media it takes a while for an offensive line to jell and become a good unit. The Finsiders broke down what Sparano meant and gave fans some reassuring analysis.
After what seems like an abnormally long NFL off-season (even though it really wasn’t), football is finally back. The Fins open up the 2011 preseason tonight at the Georgia Dome against the defending #1 seed in the NFC playoffs, the Atlanta Falcons.
While the Falcons–a team that went 13-3 last year–are coming off a stinging blowout loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Playoffs, the Dolphins are looking to start fresh after a second consecutive 7-9 season.